A team of cyclists from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has won a prestigious award at The Fire Fighters Charity’s Spirit of Fire Awards recently, in recognition of an epic fundraising ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 2016 that raised over £102,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity.
The Team of the Year award was presented to the John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) team – which encompassed 18 cyclists from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The Fire Fighters Charity’s Spirit of Fire Awards recognise the support and dedication of firefighters and fire and rescue service personnel from across the UK. The event, saw the presentation of 11 awards – including a Special Recognition award for Dany Cotton, the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, for her contribution in promoting positive mental health across the fire service.
Falling in the 75th anniversary year of The Fire Fighters Charity – the UK’s leading provider of health and wellbeing services for the fire community – the Spirit of Fire Awards was hosted by BBC Newsreader, Nicholas Owen.
Speaking of the JOGLE team’s Team of The Year award, Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said: “Riding for The Fire Fighters Charity and in memory of a colleague, the JOGLE team’s achievement in raising over £102,000 was remarkable. The route covered 1,006 miles and took in eight different fire and rescue services, so a huge section of the UK fire community followed the riders and became involved in this incredible 14-day event. Even after they had finished the team continued its fundraising by organising supermarket collections, a ball, raffles, auctions, Christmas fair sales and other events. So this award is very well deserved, well done team JOGLE.”